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April 5 – Happy Birthday Ron Hansen

Hansen.jpgThe 1960 AL Rookie of the Year with Baltimore, Ron spent the 1970 and ’71 seasons with the Yankees as their primary utility infielder. During his first season in pinstripes, Hansen was able to hit .297 in his part-time role but when he slumped to .207 the following season New York released him. In 1968, he became the first player to pull off an unassisted triple play since 1927 and the feat wasn’t accomplished again until 1994 (by Boston shortstop John Valentin.) In a very unique vote, when Hansen won his 1960 AL ROY award, two of his Orioles’ teammates finished second (pitcher Chuck Estrada) and third (first baseman Jim Gentile) in the balloting for the first year honor. Hansen shares his April 5th birthday with this former Yankee reliever and the first starting third baseman in Yankee franchise history.

Hansen hailed from Oxford, NE and is one of 25 members of the Yankee’s All-Time roster to win Rookie of the Year honors, eight of whom did it as Yankees. Here’s my picks for the all-time lineup of Yankees who won the coveted first-year honor. Alongside each player’s name is the year they won the honor and the team they played for at the time:

1B Chris Chambliss (1971 – Indians)
2B Steve Sax (1982 – Dodgers)
3B Gil McDougald (1951 – Yankees)
SS Derek Jeter (1996 – Yankees)
C   Thurman Munson (1970 – Yankees)
OF Lou Piniella (1969 – Royals)
OF Darryl Strawberry (1983 – Mets)
OF David Justice (1990 – Braves)
P   Dwight Gooden (1984 – Mets)
CL Dave Righetti (1981 – Yankees)

Here are Hansen’s Yankee seasonal and MLB career stats:

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1970 NYY 59 113 91 13 27 4 0 4 14 0 19 9 .297 .420 .473 .892
1971 NYY 61 159 145 6 30 3 0 2 20 0 9 27 .207 .245 .269 .514
15 Yrs 1384 4964 4311 446 1007 156 17 106 501 9 551 643 .234 .320 .351 .672
CHW (7 yrs) 769 2875 2488 261 594 95 10 55 282 5 319 318 .239 .325 .351 .676
BAL (5 yrs) 393 1469 1282 136 301 42 7 37 155 4 166 234 .235 .324 .365 .689
NYY (2 yrs) 120 272 236 19 57 7 0 6 34 0 28 36 .242 .317 .347 .665
KCR (1 yr) 16 33 30 2 4 0 0 0 2 0 3 6 .133 .212 .133 .345
WSA (1 yr) 86 315 275 28 51 12 0 8 28 0 35 49 .185 .281 .316 .598
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/14/2014.